Fishing Alaska: Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish, and Cod
Fishing in Alaska is arguably the most popular activity by both visitors and native Alaskans alike. As a full-service Alaskan lodge we are able to do a lot of fishing, and we love it! We fish for multiple species of Alaska Salmon (Kings, Pinks and Silvers), and Dolly Varden Trout in salt water. We also offer various charter fishing trips through local charters for an additional charge.
Destination Alaska Charters
DEEP-SEA FISHING CHARTERS
While the name implies that this package provides an average day on the water, there is nothing average about this trip. We’ve pulled out all the stops to make a day on the water with Destination Alaska’s captain and crew a trip of a lifetime. Our new Bay Weld boat was designed for fishing off the coast of Alaska even in the most challenging conditions. Powered by three Suzuki 350 h.p. outboard motors, we increase precious fishing time by reducing the travel time out to the fishing grounds. Destination Alaska Charters is the first company in Homer to invest in a SeaKeeper 6. This gyro technology virtually eliminates seasickness by reducing vessel wave roll by 90%. If you or someone in your group struggles with motion sickness, then we are the right charter company for you. Our 40’ vessel has a huge deck, comfortable seating, warm pilothouse, private restroom, and a coffee pot that runs all day. DAC captains collaborate daily with their deckhands and our network of professional/commercial fishermen, tracking salmon runs and summer feeding migration of halibut to put you in the best location for trophy fish. Using the latest in Garmin Sonar, Cannon Digi-Troll downriggers, Shimano reels with G Loomis rods, and our secret recipe of bait, we’ll have you reeling in fish in no time. While you’re busy hauling fish over the rails, we’ll warm up some soup and make fresh sandwiches for lunch in our galley kitchen. Fish the remainder of the afternoon and on the way back to port, our crew will expertly fillet your catch.
FISH & FLY!
If your Alaska vacation includes packing in lots of adventures in a short timeframe, the “Fish & Fly” trip is for you. By combining floatplanes and a state-of-the-art fishing vessel, we are able to show you the best of Alaska by air and sea. Departing Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge at a time of your choosing, we’ll harness 1275 horsepower to get you out to the fishing grounds ahead of the crowd. Fish all day on our 44’ gyro-stabilized vessel, the F/V Wilderness Explorer and while other charter companies begin the long ride home, you’ll have up to 1.5 more hours to seize the bite! Our DeHavilland Otter will fly down to meet the boat and transport you and your catch back to Homer. Enjoy a 45 minute flightsee over glaciers, snowcapped mountains, waterfalls, and Jurassic Park like scenery, returning to lodge with a cooler full fillets just in time for dinner. Give us a call and let’s go fishing and flying!
*Per person rates include water taxi transport to and from Homer
*Private Charters include pick up & drop off in Halibut Cove.
*The Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game has mandated that all Wednesdays, the last Tuesday in July, and the first Tuesday in August, are closed to Halibut for the summer of 2022.
Fishing licenses can be purchased at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/ before your arrival, or we would be happy to help you purchase your license once you arrive at the lodge.
King Salmon Trolling
Trolling for King Salmon is a popular, ongoing summer event. The fish are caught on spinning rods using various baits and spinning lures. Our guides will determine the best bait to use and help you set up, leaving you to just enjoy the fishing. This is a unique fishery in that the fish are quite often visible as they slowly swim past the boat, making an opportunity for those interest to photograph them in their natural environment. This is a salt water fishery; the fish are bright and fresh, making for good quality eating. As the bait fish multiply, the feeder salmon that depend on the bait multiply as well. The bait also attracts whales which we see from time to time. Numerous bids are attracted to the bait, diving repeatedly in an effort to catch the little candle fish or herring. The bird activity alerts us to where the salmon may be. The anticipation when trolling makes for lots of excitement and fun. This is included in the cost of your stay.